Adventures in Penny Pinching - Don't waste more toothpaste!

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I stumbled upon this one by accident. I don’t know about your kids but for mine there is NO WAY they are going to brush their teeth with MY toothpaste. Well I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when one night at teeth brushing time I realized the tube was empty. Or so I thought. I quickly grabbed the scissors and cut the tube in half. I could not believe how much toothpaste was still in the tube and what that meant. I had been throwing away SO MUCH toothpaste over the years. Urghhhh. Now, I”m not going to lie, it’s not the most visually appealing thing to have a cut open tube of toothpaste on my counter. But I'm happy because I know I get another 6-10 teeth brushings out of a tube I used to throw away.

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Materials:
"Empty" tube of toothpaste
Scissors
Kids

Uses:
Extra teeth brushing sessions

How to do it_
1. Grab your empty tube of tooth paste.
2. Get the sharpest scissors you have.
3. Cut the tube in half.
4. Grab your toothbrush and scoop out some toothpaste.

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Images by Catherine McCord

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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16 comments

  • Jessica

    Hi - I followed the link, but couldn't find anything on the website about the bi-weekly column. Help!

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  • Kim

    I do this with any tube I have - you wouldn't believe how much product, like facial cream is left behind. I usually can get another week or so out of it!

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  • Lisa

    I have a toothpaste saver. you place it on the end of your tube and push it up towards the top, it squeezes every last drop out. I think $1 sores carry them. Eliminates the mess of cutting it.

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  • Dee

    Been doing this for years, except I only cut the top side, so I can still close it with a binder clip.
    Been doing the same with all my tubes of creams and anything that comes in a tube.

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  • Angelee

    Great idea! We do the same with bottles of lotion. I will get almost an extra month's worth of use from cutting off the bottom and spooning it into a pyrex container!

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  • Rebeccad

    Genius

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  • Jenn Gerz

    I have been doing this every since my kids were babies and I'd cut the desitin tubes open and saw how much was left in there! I then started doing it with anything that came in tubes.

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  • Sharon

    I found that if I run the tube over the edge of a counter, it forces any remaining toothpaste back towards the opening. Holding the bottom of the tube, place it over a 90 degree corner. Apply pressure with your hand and drag the tube downwards. That saves a lot. And instead of rolling the tube up, clip it using those plastic bag clips. Boy - just realized that I must look seriously obsessive!

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  • Christine

    Great idea here! I am bringing scissors up with me tonight for toothbrushing time!
    We don't let our girls use our toothpaste either. Just fyi, watch out for the carrageenan (known carcinogen) ingredient even in kids toothpaste.

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    • Anja

      Carrageenan seaweed is not a known carcinogen. Stop fear mongering because you heard it from another mom. Educate yourself.

      American Cancer Society: http://m.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/dietandnutrition/sea-vegetables

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  • Andrea

    Hi what toothpaste do you recommend to use for kids and adults? I know the color on the end of the toothpaste (green, blue, red, or black) means whether chemicals or medicine is in it. Green the best black the worst of course. Mine is blue, but has carrageenan and triclosan in it. My daughters is red which is worse so I need to change both.

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    • Catherine McCord

      We use Tom's! :)

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    • Jackie

      Just an FYI - the color on the end of a toothpaste tube has nothing to do with the contents of the toothpaste; that's just a myth floating around online.
      http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/toothpastemarkings.asp

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    • Anja

      Carrageenan is just seaweed for texture. It's in frozen yogurt too, not harmful at all. Unfamiliar words don't necessarily mean chemicals.

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    • Anja

      According to the American Cancer Society

      http://m.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/dietandnutrition/sea-vegetables

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